Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb return to practice

“So I don’t think I can ever be at a place in my career where missing time is OK. Maybe later on when my body is hurting a lot and I’m getting older in age, but I’m a young guy and I’ve got a lot of things to work on and a lot of growing to do.” Cautiously optimistic: With the season nearing, three key members of the Packers’ secondary were sidelined. Cornerback Tramon Williams (knee-bone bruise), cornerback Casey Hayward (hamstring) and safety Morgan Burnett (hamstring) were all spectators at practice. The latter two have been ruled out for Kansas City. Williams was hopeful for Week 1, but said Sunday the team is still being cautious.

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Friend(s) Email More Columns > Jordy Nelson ‘s practice work Wednesday was limited to playing catch on the sideline with Randall Cobb . More strenuous activities are approaching for both receivers. Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that Nelson is very close to a return from knee surgery. Cobb also is very close, according to McCarthy. The coach said Cobb — who has been dealing with a biceps injury — might play in Friday’s preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks . McCarthy’s positive update on Nelson came two days after Nelson said he was unsure if he’d be ready for the start of the regular season. The possibility of Cobb playing Friday certainly is a good sign that the Packers don’t have long-term concerns about the injury. As for Nelson, Green Bay is likely to take every precaution with a playmaker whose biggest issue is staying on the field.

Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb almost back for Packers

26, and hauled in an 85-yard touchdown pass. He reportedly looks unencumbered while running, and Rodgers said Nelson is a “fast healer.” Fantasy Tip: Nelson is looking like a good bet to be ready for the regular season opener against the San Francisco 49ers , but fantasy owners should still have alternate plans at the ready just in case he suffers a setback between now and then. 2013-08-26 21:10:13 | Source: – Paul Imig Access more Aaron Rodgers news and rumors by clicking here …. Access more Jordy Nelson news and rumors by clicking here …. What do you think? Sound off!

Jordy Nelson out for Packers training camp after knee procedure

But there is only so much that can be done while also defending against receiver Greg Jennings , tight end Jermichael Finley and the rest of the Packers’ offense. Sunday, the Buccaneers fruitlessly searched for ways to handle Nelson while not losing sight of the Packers’ so-called heavy hitters. Nelson is a starting-caliber receiver whom the Buccaneers mostly tried to defend with backups. Ever heard NFL people talk about having players who can step up when the focus is elsewhere? Nelson hasn’t been underestimated; he’s the best example of how the Packers’ offense is overwhelming opponents on matchups. Sunday, the Buccaneers tried nickel back E.J.

Jordy Nelson out for Packers training camp after knee procedure

Football Today Jeff Saturday tells Robert Flores which knee injury will hurt the Packers more, Bryan Bulaga or Jordy Nelson. More Podcasts A day after losing left tackle Bryan Bulaga to a knee injury, Packers coach Mike McCarthy announced Tuesday that Nelson underwent knee surgery on Monday and will miss the remainder of the preseason. Doctors attempted to correct a nerve issue in Nelson’s knee that has bothered him since his days in college, a league source told ESPN. The issue has flared up periodically and unexpectedly, including at the beginning of this summer’s camp. Nelson felt like he could have played with the pain all season, taking medication and missing practice, but he opted to undergo the surgery that he has been told will correct the problem.

Packers | Jordy Nelson appears to be fine

Per McCarthy, Nelson will miss the rest of the Packers offseason program after undergoing a “procedure” on his knee. The Packers coach is “hopeful” that Nelson will be ready for Week 1 against the 49ers but the timing of the injury is certainly concerning. Nelson played in just 12 games in 2012 — and just 10 of which were starts — with a hamstring injury, though he did still manage 49 catches for 745 yards last season. That was somewhat of a disappointment after a breakout year in 2011 when Nelson caught 68 passes for 1,263 yards while emerging as one of Aaron Rodgers favorite targets. McCarthy did say that left tackle Bryan Bulaga is still not officially ruled out for the season , despite reports, but the team was waiting on another medical opinion to confirm his status. Still, for a team as likely to challenge for a Super Bowl run as Green Bay, there’ve been an awful lot of injuries (even minor ones) to major players Authentic Randall Cobb Jersey pretty early in the season.

Jordy Nelson out for preseason

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Per McCarthy, Nelson will miss the rest of the Packers offseason program after undergoing a “procedure” on his knee. The Packers coach is “hopeful” that Nelson will be ready for Week 1 against the 49ers but the timing of the injury is certainly concerning. Nelson played in just 12 games in 2012 — and just 10 of which were starts — with a hamstring injury, though he did still manage 49 catches for 745 yards last season. That was somewhat of a disappointment after a breakout year in 2011 when Nelson caught 68 passes for 1,263 yards while emerging as one of Aaron Rodgers favorite targets. McCarthy did say that left tackle Bryan Bulaga is still not officially ruled out for the season , despite reports, but the team was waiting on another medical opinion to confirm his status.


Seahawks vs Packers: Full Breakdown & Analysis for Preseason Week 3

Preview: Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks

The Green Bay Packers weren’t nearly as impressive last week against the St. Louis Rams, but Green Bay did earn a 17-9 victory that was a step in the right direction after getting shut out in its exhibition opener against the Arizona Cardinals. These teams have, um, a bit of history, and as the Seahawks and Packers get set for both a “dress rehearsal” and a rematch of one of the more infamous endings to a football game in recent memory here’s a look at some of the biggest storylines. Seattle Seahawks Major Storyline No. 1: Strength vs. Strength (Sort Of) Without question one of the most fascinating games within the game on Friday night will be watching the NFL ‘s top secondary square off against one of the league’s top passing attacks. In cornerbacks Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner and Antoine Winfield and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, the Seahawks have a defensive backfield that looks more like a Pro Bowl roster than an NFL one. Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images Were the Packers at full strength in the passing game, this contest would serve as a true test for the Seattle pass defense. However, wide receiver Jordy Nelson is out after undergoing knee surgery and Randall Cobb is highly questionable with a biceps injury. Green Bay leaned heavily on tight end Jermichael Finley last week, and the Seahawks struggled a bit with Denver’s Julius Thomas, so look for Seattle to focus on shutting Finley down.

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“All the time, it’s something that’s stuck with me unfortunately,” Jennings said about the play. “It’s something that I’m trying to get over. I don’t want to be remembered by that play. I just try to go out there and play football.” As if the task of following veteran defensive leader Woodson wasn’t tough enough. Released in the offseason in a cost-cutting move by Green Bay after seven years, the 36-year-old Woodson is back with the Oakland Raiders, the team that originally drafted him in 1998. Not that the Packers aren’t used to playing without Woodson, who missed the last nine games of the 2012 regular season because of a broken right collarbone. Woodson did play in the team’s two postseason games. Woodson, the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year, was one of the most respected players in the locker room. “It was an honor and a blessing to play with a Hall of Fame player like Charles Woodson, just to be able to be around him, watch him work on and off the field,” free safety Morgan Burnett said. “Now it’s time for us to apply it to the game and grow from it.” Burnett, a third-round pick from Georgia Tech in 2010, is a lock after signing an offseason extension. He’s started all 36 games in which he’s appeared in three seasons, compiling 259 tackles and six interceptions.

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23 SPORTS Where: Lambeau Field. Broadcast: Radio AM-620. TV Channel 58. Injury report: Packers WR Randall Cobb (biceps), TE Matthew Mulligan (elbow), WR Charles Johnson (knee), TE Andrew Quarless (thigh), OLB Andy Mulumba (knee), DE Datone Jones (ankle) and CB James Nixon (knee) are questionable. CB Tramon Williams (knee), OT Bryan Bulaga (knee) and WR Jordy Nelson (knee) are out; S Sean Richardson (neck), OL JC Tretter (ankle), OT Derek Sherrod (leg) and DE Jerel Worthy (knee) are on the PUP list. Seahawks DL Jesse Williams (knee), FB Mike Robinson (sickness), WR Steven Williams (undisclosed), Bryan Walters (hamstring), Jordan Hill (arm) and CB Antoine Winfield (knee) may not play; De Chris Clemons (knee), DL Greg Scruggs (knee), CB Tharold Simon (foot) and WR Percy Harvin (hip) are on the PUP list; and LB Korey Toomer (hip) is on the non-football injury list. FIVE THINGS TO WATCH GETTING THEIR KICKS: There is a lot of pressure on K Mason Crosby going into the final preseason game at Lambeau Field. When he missed three of four field goal attempts in practice Wednesday, he broke a string in which he hit better than 90% of his tries. Challenger Giorgio Tavecchio continues to be consistent, and how each kicks on the home field should help decide the race.

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I think it will survive if it cant televise preseason games on Friday nights. It already does so on Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. And how much longer before we see Tuesday and Wednesday night football as well? Youd also think the Packers have enough pull to say to the NFL, You know, when you make that schedule, how bout you leave Friday nights open for us? Some Green Bay-area schools played Thursday night, including the 108th meeting between East and West High Schools. Those that do play tonight and not just in Green Bay, but state-wide will do so in front of smaller crowds, and those who are there will have their attention divided, either checking scores on their phone or listening to the game on the radio. Thats because radio stations which normally carry high school football will carry a relatively meaningless game in which the starters play a quarter or two at the most. TV coverage will be limited in certain markets, split in others. Newspaper column inches normally devoted to high school football will have to carry way too in-depth analysis about punting hang times and whether or not the Packers will keep four tight ends or three fullbacks. The Packers and the rest of the NFL, for that matter, should never force their fans to choose between high school and preseason games.

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Three of those completions went to Finley, including hook ups of 25 and 33 yards. The 33-yard completion might have been the best example of how an improved play-action offense can help Finley dominate the middle of the field. On Finley’s final series, the Packers faced a second-and-7 at their own 32-yard line. Green Bay lined up in the shotgun formation on both first and second down, with Finley as the in-line tight end, Lacy in the backfield and three receivers. Taken from Preseason Live. On first down, Lacy ran inside for three yards. On second, the Packers faked to Lacy, which drew both linebackers in and created a huge opening in the middle of the field. With the slot cornerback on the blitz, Finley turned his head as the hot receiver and Rodgers found him for an easy pitch-and-catch. The Packers rarely created these kind of openings last season off play-action, in large part because defenses simply didn’t respect the run game. With Lacy in town, and late-season spark plug DuJuan Harris back in the mix, the Packers now have a rushing attack that defenses must at least pay attention to. Checking out Packers-Rams: Lacy’s play really helps GB play-action; Rams had to take run seriously. Finley benefited and GB has balance now. Marc Sessler (@MarcSesslerNFL) August 19, 2013 Finley conceded that fact. Not only for me, for the perimeter guys period,” Finley said when asked how the run game will open up things in the passing game, via Vandermause.

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This, of course, assumes left tackle David Bakhtiari , the fourth-round draft pick who stepped into that spot after Bryan Bulaga ‘s season-ending injury, and right tackle Marshall Newhouse can keep him from getting hit. It’d also be nice for the Packers if they can get production from the running backs. That was the thinking behind Green Bay taking running back Eddie Lacy in the second round of this year’s draft after Alex Green ‘s 464 yards led the squad last season. While coach Mike McCarthy said earlier in the preseason that DuJuan Harris was the starter in that moment, it seems unlikely Lacy will stay in a backup role for long. He’s the best option at this point, and for the price the team paid for him, it should expect results quickly. Harris and fourth-round pick Johnathan Franklin also should get carries. Defense: One of the bigger problems for the Packers in the past couple of seasons has been the secondary. Part of this problem is because Green Bay’s opponents usually have to play from behind, meaning they’re likely to attempt more passes than runs as they try to catch up. The team will miss Charles Woodson ‘s leadership, but players like Casey Hayward (a standout during his 2012 rookie season) and Morgan Burnett should make up for the loss of his talent (which was beginning to fade for Woodson, anyway). The results of the secondary in the early part of the preseason schedule were mixed, especially with Hayward out due to a hamstring injury.

2013 Green Bay Packers: Five Players to Keep an Eye On

— With so much focus on the head-to-head competition between incumbent Mason Crosby and challenger Giorgio Tavecchio , its easy to forget one thing: Its possible neither one will be the Green Bay Packers opening-day kicker. While Crosby has come on strong of late, as was noted in Mondays practice report , Packers general manager Ted Thompson on Tuesday would not commit to the idea that his kicker is one of those two. Well see, Thompson said during his weekly training camp session with reporters. Never stop looking. Some teams already have begun cutting kickers , and the rest with multiple kickers in camp will do so over the next 11 days, so Thompson and his staff will have to decide whether any of the available kickers would be better than either Crosby or Tavecchio. This is the third time during Thompsons tenure as general manager that hes had to pick a kicker. In 2006, he selected Dave Rayner over Billy Cundiff after the first preseason game. In 2007, he waited until the final cuts to release Rayner in favor of Crosby. Its just when you get comfortable with the decision, Thompson said. Apparently, Thompson hasnt reached that point just yet.

Green Bay Packers: Offense wants snappy tempo with no huddle

Last season, Cobb led the team with in receptions (80) and receiving yards (954), and only James Jones (14) totaled more touchdown receptions (8). In two seasons in the league, the former second-round pick has already returned three kicks (2 punts, 1 kickoff) for scores. It’s safe to say that the Packers certainly are not lacking for wide receivers. DE Datone Jones: In 2011, the Green Bay defense slipped to dead last in the NFL in yards allowed and gave up the most passing yards in a season in league history. A year ago, the Packers were much better on the defensive side of the ball but by year’s end they were unable to stop the run, allowing a whopping 490 yards rushing in two playoff games (249 to opposing quarterbacks). The team has added a lot of defensive talent via the draft the last two years and Jones was the club’s first-round pick in April. CB Casey Hayward: The second-round pick of a year ago had a huge impact in his debut campaign. Heyward totaled 53 tackles and rolled up team-highs with six interceptions and 21 passes defensed. The Packers are in solid shape at the corners with Hayward as well as starters Tramon Williams and Sam Shields. And if outside linebacker Clay Matthews and company can consistently get to the quarterback once again, there figures to be a lot more errant passes headed in Hayward’s direction. So what can we expect from the Packers in 2013?

Is Packers TE Jermichael Finley Finally Ready for a Breakout Season?


Any slight pause gives the defense a chance to breathe, to react, to adjust. Yet too often, Dietrich-Smith said, the officials checked to see if the Packers were making substitutions. The center would prefer officials “put the (expletive) ball down” and move aside. “That’s the hardest part about it,” he said. “We have to basically tell those guys, ‘Hey, we’re not subbing. We’re rolling. We’re not subbing.’ … They get a little old and don’t move as fast as they should. It takes a little time, but we’ll start buttering them up and try to get them to hurry the hell up.” Through the Packers’ game-opening drive at St. Louis, they averaged 28.05 seconds of real time between plays.

Packers won’t commit to a kicker yet

That could bring Jeremy Ross , Kevin Dorsey or Charles Johnson back into play. But for now, the undrafted rookie Walker has the edge for the final spot. The Packers had hoped Ross would show more as a receiver so that they could also make him their kick returner. Rookies Dorsey and Johnson, both seventh-round picks, missed so much time because of injuries that theres not enough information to go on. At this point, they look like practice-squad candidates if they clear waivers. Tight ends (4): Jermichael Finley , Ryan Taylor , Brandon Bostick , Jake Stoneburner Analysis: This is perhaps the most muddled position after the starter, Finley. Theres no clear-cut No. 2. Taylor is on most of the top special teams units but so is D.J.

Don Barclay Looks Like the Packers Starting Right Tackle

Johnathan Franklin running nowhere during Packers camp

Packers running back Johnathan Franklin has rushed for just 23 yards in the first two games.

Its time for individuals to step up and claim some responsibility and job descriptions. Thats what Im looking for. You want to see this thing start to define itself. Early on in camp, the right tackle job looked like it was Newhouses to lose. The Packers were shuffling Barclay around at center and guard and didnt really give him a chance to compete. Instead, they were looking at rookie David Bakhtiari as a potential solution on the right.

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Packers much better in 19-7 win over Rams

That changed a bit Saturday night, as the Rams looked in Austins direction a lot. He finished with four catches for 28 yards on seven targets. Cook got his first target in a game as a Ram and cashed it in for a 37-yard catch and run. Austin, Cook and Chris Givens were the only receivers targeted by Bradford, who also threw to running backs Pead and Daryl Richardson . 3. Going deeper. Rams coach Jeff Fisher wanted to give some of his younger players down on the depth chart an opportunity to play with the first-team offense and followed through on that on both sides of the ball. Pead was the primary example of that as he started in place of Richardson and got the bulk of the work with the starters.

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More observations The Packers will start another rookie on offense: David Bakhtiari at left tackle. He gave up a sack to Rams end Robert Quinn on Saturday night, but he has impressed the Packers. He is staring because of left tackle Bryan Bulaga ‘s season-ending knee injury. “He’s got a football mind and he’s picked it up pretty well,” Packers left guard Josh Sitton said. “That’s tough duty, protecting the backside of arguably the best quarterback in the league, and he’s done a nice job. He seems mature beyond his age.” Bakhitari looks like an athletic kid who should fit in perfectly with the Packers’ style of offense. Sitton has moved from right guard, where he was a Pro Bowl-caliber player, to the left side. That might not sound like much of a move, but he says after nine years on the other side it’s been an adjustment. “It’s been a work in progress,” he said. “The footwork, the hand placement, and just seeing the field from the left side is all different.” Is tight end Jermichael Finley ready to live up to his big-time potential?

Packers Observations: Lacy’s not fat; he is the missing ground link

Eddie Lacy did not look out of shape while gaining 40 yards vs. the Rams. (USATSI)

Even when Hyde didn’t get through, his timing was superb and it required a good effort in blitz pickup by the Rams to subdue him. When the Rams’ backups were discombobulated in their protections, as is commonplace in the non-preparation world of exhibition football, Hyde kept finding circuitous routes right into the quarterback’s lap. Charles Woodson and LeRoy Butler would be proud. The Packers need a legitimate rusher in their secondary, and Hyde could be it. “He’s what you thought he’d be,” an executive in personnel said after watching the Packers. “Competitive.

Packers Gamble on Johnny Jolly Already Paying Off


Now it’s all work, no play. It’s a different feeling, but it pushes me to work harder, to do my best to move up. It’s motivation. At the same time, it’s still football. Nothing has really changed. I run and catch.” Aug. 27 is the day Packers general manager Ted Thompson must cut down his roster from 90 to 75. Aug. 31, it must be trimmed again to the final 53. After that, more slots open for the practice squad.

Packers coach increases sense of urgency

GRADE: B- DB: Although he hasn’t really earned it the Packers have a lot of confidence in Sam Shields, who is back in his starting position at right cornerback after a disappointing 2012 season. “I want to be that lockdown guy,” Shields told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel during training camp. “My goal is to get to the Pro Bowl, win the Super Bowl, just be that lockdown guy. Just covering them big guys, being able to stay on that one side and whoever comes to that side be able to guard him. Having a Pro Bowl year.” That’s good because his running mate, Tramon Williams, is 30 and has never been the most physical player in the world, making him susceptible to the Calvin Johnson- and Brandon Marshall-types in the NFC North. That said, Williams has always been a big play guy, amassing a career-high six INTs and three more in the postseason during the Pack’s Super Bowl run in 2010. Nickel back Casey Hayward showed a lot of playmaking potential as a rookie in 2012, becoming the first Packer freshman with four INTs over a three-game span since Tom Flynn in 1984.

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Saved under Charlie Gille , Football , NFL , Sports Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly showed that he still has the ability to make plays with this interception against the Rams on Saturday night. Most teams would not take a gamble on a player freshly reinstated to the NFL after spending time in jail for attempting to sell prescription medicine. The Green Bay Packers decided their former star defensive tackled deserved the second chance at his professional football career, and awarded him with a one year contract this season. It appears the Packers gamble is already paying off after Jollys All-Star caliber performance against the St. Louis Rams Saturday night. Johnny Jollys career was off to a promising start before his arrest in 2008 for possession of codeine with an intent to sell in Houston, Texas. Charged with a second-degree felony for having over 200 grams of the cough syrup on his person, Jolly would serve jail time and face an indefinite suspension from the NFL as a result. His addiction to purple drank, codeine cough syrup typically mixed with sprite and a Jolly Rancher candy, appeared to have ruined a blossoming career. Reinstated in the NFL in February of 2013 following being released from prison and placed on probation in May of 2012, Jolly was able to again pursue a football career. The Packers, remembering his talent, offered a second chance to their former star.

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Will Carroll still play his young starting quarterback the entire first half, and furthermore, will they have as much success against the Packers defense? Inflation Inflation in NFL betting can happen in the NFL Odds from time to time, and I think this games total is a perfect example. The Hawks have now scored over 70 points in two games this preseason, which makes the total of this game a bit higher at 42 , and even 43 at The Greek. However the Packers scoring has not been very good. Even though they have had success against the defenses of the Chargers and Broncos, the Packers defense should present a bigger challenge. On the other side of things, the Packers have now cashed the Under in both of their preseason games, and along with not scoring too many points themselves, they have held their opponents (notably below average offenses) to a combined 24 points in two games this preseason. I think its safe to say the total in this game might be a bit too high. Defense normally comes out to play more in the latter half of the preseason. This is for many reasons, but the main ones are that these teams will actually game plan for one another in this matchup, and starting defenses normally play longer. The Sharp Pick Even though Mike McCarthy has been a machine in cashing the Over in preseasons past, I think the Under is the play for this game.

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Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Cornerback Brandon Smith. Running back James Starks. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Tight end Jake Stoneburner. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Kicker Giorgio Tavecchio. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Guard Lane Taylor. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Tight end Ryan Taylor. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Tackle JC Tretter.

DL Pickett the strongman on Packers’ line

You guys know how the preseason goes. The first game, you go out there and get the cobwebs off. The second game, you get a little bit more reps, start getting comfortable, establishing a tempo. Third game, you start simulating a real game. And then its time to get it on, wide receiver James Jones said. It was good to get out there, finally see somebody different than our guys, (see) different coverages and stuff at full speed and have some fun. It would be more fun if Lacy can show what hes shown in practice. Centers of attention:Remember Scott Wells? The veteran center left Green Bay for a four-year, $24 million ($13 million guaranteed) deal in St. Louis, and while the initial returns werent positive Wells spent over half of last season on the designated-for-return portion of the Rams injured reserve list with a broken foot hes back and healthy. The Packers center situation, meanwhile, isnt quite as clear as it might have been a few days ago. With starter Evan Dietrich-Smith sitting out Thursdays practice with a toe injury, the teams lack of depth there is being exposed a bit.

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“Even when he’s tired, you put him in the game, he hustles to the ball, he does what you tell him to do. It’s naturally in his DNA.” Pickett’s workmanlike contributions and his longevity in the NFL are testaments to his generally good health and a determination to play every week. Pickett has missed only 14 games in his career. He started every game in 2012, the first time he played an entire season since 2008. “You play this game, you get nicks and bruises and stuff like that,” Pickett said. “(But) I didn’t even think about it that I played every game last year. That’s what I normally did throughout the years – I don’t miss too many games.” Raji, who has been a running mate of Pickett on the D-line since 2009, isn’t surprised by Pickett’s staying power. “Pick takes good care of his body,” Raji said. “He’s obviously a tough guy to play nose (tackle) for 13 years.

9. 1970s: 57-82-5 (.412) The crumbling of the 1960s dynasty began with a 6-8 record in head coach Phil Bengtson’s final season of 1970. The only two winning seasons in the decade were Dan Devine’s 10-4 NFC Central Division championship team of 1972 and Bart Starr’s 8-7-1 squad in the 1978 campaign in which the Packers tied the Minnesota Vikings for the division title, but did not make the playoffs. 8. 1980s: 65-84-3 (.438) This decade was only a slight improvement over the 1970s, as Green Bay turned to former star players to revitalize the franchise. In the last four seasons of his nine-year tenure as head coach, Bart Starr could muster only one winning season. That was the strike-shortened 1982 season (5-3-1) in which the Packers returned to the playoffs for the first time since 1972. Under Forrest Gregg, the team would not post a winning campaign from 1984-’87, but Lindy Infante’s 1989 team (10-6) gave Green Bay its second winning team of the decade. 7.

Windsor’s Justin Wilson Gets Call From Green Bay Packers

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Wilson’s favorite sport was basketball, but the numbers suggested the three-time All-State receiver should go another route. “We looked at the numbers, with his height,” Ron Wilson, Justin’s father, said of his 6-foot-1 son. “There were 1.5 players per NBA team 6-1 and under. We looked at the Indianapolis Colts , and they had 13 wide receivers 6-1 and under. There’s also a better chance of making the NFL. You have to go with the numbers.” Following high school, Wilson brought his talents to Delaware State University, which has a family tradition. “Justin’s older sister went there, his uncle teaches there, his mother and I met there,” Ron said. “It means a lot to us.” Wilson is second all-time at Delaware State in receptions (189) and fourth in receiving yards (2,416) and touchdowns (23). Wilson is also a two-time All- MEAC first team player and was the first player in MEAC history to lead the league in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns in one season (2010). “People say I look like I’m playing basketball out there,” Wilson said.

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Seeing those attributes against live competition in the preseason is Lacy’s last hurdle, but the Packers have to be pleased with the way their second-round pick has looked through three weeks of camp. With Lacy running away with the starter’s job, here’s what the rest of the Packers running backs need to do to carve out specific roles within the offense: James Starks Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports If James Starks continues to be available (he missed Wednesday’s practice with an illness, not an injury, but returned Thursday), the fourth-year back should have a spot on the final 53-man roster. Health for Starks remains the key, as he’s missed 26 of a possible 48 games in his NFL career. In both the intrasquad scrimmage and preseason opener, the Packers gave an able-bodied Starks the first crack at touches. He was sharp during each appearance.And overall, Starks has been the better of the two veteran backs in camp. Without an injury occurring over the next 2-3 weeks, Starks should get his chance to see regular-season touches. He can’t afford to miss any time and re-open the door. DuJuan Harris Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports As recent as last week, McCarthytold Tom Pelissero of USA Today that the Packers still view Harris as the “starter.” That comment was likely more about McCarthy giving lip service to the strong finish Harris provided the Packers offense to close last season than anything tangible regarding the running back depth chart moving forward. But even if Lacy does continue on his current path and secure the lead-back duties, Harris could easily evolve into McCarthy’s go-to third-down back. Despite standing just 5’7″, Harris was strong in pass protection last season and has an ideal skill set for being a playmaker in obvious passing situations. He allowed no pressures while catching nine passes for 81 yards over Green Bay’s final three games, including the postseason. Johnathan Franklin Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Johnathan Franklin certainly hasn’t been as impressive through three weeks of camp as Lacy, or even as many predicted he would be upon landing in Green Bay. It appears he’s still learning how to adapt to the Packers style of running the football, especially inside.

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”Randall, I know he’s been battling through some pain and it really comes down to a pride thing. You don’t want to be missing time if you don’t have to. If your injury is not allowing you to do your job to the best of your abilities, then it might be a better idea to make sure you’re healthy before you get on the field again. ”It really comes down to being smart, making sure you’re always communicating if something is bothering you. There’s a fine line – a lot of guys just try to tough it out. There’s a lot of pride there.” Cobb was held out of the team’s preseason opener Friday night against Arizona. After practice, McCarthy sounded as though Cobb would be told to take some time off. ”In Randall’s case, it’s something that we understand what the injury (is), and we wouldn’t put him out there if we thought he was in jeopardy of moving forward and getting healthy,” McCarthy said. ”But every case is different. . In Randall’s case, it’s probably something he’s going to be battling for a while.” Cobb, who missed the 2011 regular-season finale as a rookie with a groin injury and missed last year’s regular-season finale with a knee injury, said he believes playing through pain serves a dual purpose: It prepares him for when something happens to him when the games count and he has to stay on the field, and that practice is vital because he needs the work.

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2004 and the New York Giants at Lambeau Field in Jan. 2008. The decade will be forever etched in franchise history for the ugly departure of team icon Brett Favre in 2008 and the transition to 2005 first-round draft choice Aaron Rodgers. 4. 2010s: 36-12-0 so far (.750) No one knows the successes and failures Green Bay will experience in the next seven seasons, but the first three years of this decade have been very good under McCarthy. Green Bay rallied in the 2010 season to grab the final NFC playoff spot, and then won four consecutive postseason road games in spectacular fashion to win Super Bowl XLV. After a franchise-record 15-1 season in 2011, the Packers finished 11-5 in 2012 and won their second-straight NFC North crown. McCarthy enters his eighth season as Green Bay’s head coach, but will he still be in that position by the end of the decade or on to another professional challenge? 3.

Palmer went 4-for-6 for 77 yards and a touchdown for Arizona, which played in its first game under new head coach Bruce Arians. The Cardinals swung a deal for the veteran quarterback Palmer from the Oakland Raiders in an offseason trade. The 33-year-old spent the past two seasons in Oakland after the Raiders acquired him from Cincinnati for a pair of high picks, including a 2012 first-round choice, in October 2011. Stepfan Taylor ran for 63 yards on 21 carries in his rookie debut and Jaron Brown had five receptions for 46 yards and a score for the Cardinals, who were 5-11 a year ago. Larry Fitzgerald hauled in two passes for 21 yards in the triumph. The focus in Green Bay has shifted to the offensive line since the Pack lost projected starting left tackle Bryan Bulaga to a torn ACL earlier in the week. The pedestrian line was supposed to be bolstered by Bulaga shifting out to the all-important left tackle position. Marshall Newhouse allowed nine sacks and a team-high 33 hurries as the team’s left tackle in 2012. Aaron Rodgers completed 3-of-5 passes in his only series, including a 50-yard strike to James Jones, for 62 yards for Green Bay, which lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional playoffs last season.

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“I didn’t get touched tonight,” Rodgers said. “We had a few dropbacks, so I’m sure he was pretty good over there. It’s nice when you’re not worried about him, and tonight I wasn’t worried about him. He’s a confident kid. I think he’s got a bright future for us. For him, it’s about experience and going against good pass rushers, and next week will be a good challenge with those (defensive) guys they have in St. Louis.” The Packers’ next game is Aug. 17 against the St. Louis Rams. “He was out there probably 100 percent with his assignments,” left guard Josh Sitton said of Bakhtiari’s performance.

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He befriended Crosby after he left Green Bay and signed with the Minnesota Vikings in 2006. The two have kept in regular contact, and Longwell has been a public supporter of Crosby even throughout Crosbys struggles last season, when he made a league-worst 63.6 percent of his field goals. Meanwhile, Longwell and Tavecchio share the same alma mater, the University of California. Ive been fortunate to be able to talk to Ryan throughout my career and obviously followed him before I got here, Crosby said. Its awesome today that he got to retire as a Packer. I pick his brain sometimes on different things, but at the same time today was really awesome for him. When asked if he had any advice for Crosby, Longwell said: I think as long as his rhythm is fine, hes one of the best in the league. Longwell saw the Packers kickers at their best. Both went 8-for-8 in practice, converting field goals of 33, 34, 39, 43, 45, 48, 50 and 54 yards. Crosby got off to a horrible start in camp, missing five of eight field goals during the Family Night scrimmage but has gone 15-for-16 the past two days in practice and is 30-of-39 this summer. Tavecchio went 16-for-16 the past two days to improve to 35-of-39. Crosbys problems have been described as mental, and Longwell agreed.

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They have no intelligent leadership at the top that has any clue how to solve this very simple problem. redbirdsrising says: Aug 13, 2013 1:39 PM Ive never heard so much whining about a preseason replay review in my life. Seriously guys, move on. packman331 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:40 PM Is there anything more meaningless than whether a call in preseason is missed or not? These are scrimmages, and revenue generators Aug 13, 2013 1:40 PM Good thing we got the regular officals back. Lets go Zebras!!!! Aug 13, 2013 1:41 PM Its only preseason and the Packers are already whining about the refs. Go figure. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 13, 2013 1:43 PM The state of cheese and whine. Aug 13, 2013 1:43 PM Biggest crybaby/whiners in sports. Including jay cutler.

Packers practice report: Kicking intensifies

— Before practice on Tuesday morning, kicker Ryan Longwell will retire from the NFL as a member of the Green Bay Packers . Before he does, the Packers might want to put their all-time leading scorer through one last workout. Even at age 38, he might be a better option than what they have. Longwell, who asked for permission to retire as a Packer, played in Green Bay from 1997-2005 before signing with the Minnesota Vikings . He spent six years in Minnesota but was out of football in 2012 until the Seattle Seahawks signed him for their divisional playoff game after kicker Steven Hauschka strained a calf muscle. Longwell still holds the Packers records for points (1,054), field goals (226) and field goal percentage (81.6). AP Photo/Mike Roemer The Packers are ramping up the kicking competition between Mason Crosby, No. 2, and Giorgio Tavecchio. Now, the Packers are staging a full-fledged kicking competition between veteran Mason Crosby , who last season converted an NFL-worst 63.6 percent of his field goals, and first-year kicker Giorgio Tavecchio . Coach Mike McCarthy ramped up that competition on Monday in large part because the Packers were so inept on offense in Fridays 17-0 loss to the Arizona Cardinals that they didnt attempt any field goals.

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With his skillset in a pass-happy Falcons attack, Mike Smith he stepped up in the playoffs, tying a team-high 21 receptions for 286 yards and 2 touchdowns. His injury last season hurt the team for a while, but the made from plastic that designs to fir iPod Nano perfectly. Lack of a Running Game After Ryan Grant was lost for the season in since the Packer’s season ended with a painful playoff loss to the New York Giants in January. These Green Bay Packers are handmade and custom made, so if you do not find any Green Bay Packers have done an excellent job in recent drafts and have quality depth at offensive line.

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General manager Ted Thompson probably made the decisions not to resign these players for three reasons: one, all of the players cut were back from serious injuries suffered during 2012; two, the money saved from Green Bay Packers the most successful team in NFL history. Raji was the key to the defense, and his Moses and other first and second year players can step in to provide depth. Shortly before the season started when Favre decided not are among teams that could possibly sign Colledge. Obtained in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons, then why not consider having the Green Bay Packers theme wedding for your wedding. Needs Going Into The Draft Since the end of the 2011 season, the Packers have lost over the Washington Redskins in a Monday night football game in 1983.

Rodgers has stepped out of Brett Favre’s shadow and will enter the discussion to the Bears getting a deciding touchdown on a punt return. Hayward was a second team All-American defensive back who also had experience as a head coach leading the Carolina Panthers to the playoffs in 1996. A few days prior to Super Bowl XLV he had his whole team fitted for super yards per carry with a hefty workload and can potentially learn the secrets of the Fountain of Youth from new teammate Tony Gonzalez. The Packers were awful in pass protection in 2012 quality merchandise to place on your office desk at work or home? During Rodgers five years as starting quarterback, Green Bay the Seattle Seahawks vice president of operations from 2000-2004.

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The Saints went on to score a touchdown after the turnover, and the Packers were fortunate to win that game, 28-27. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images After Harrell was given six series to try and move the ball with very little success in Friday night’s loss, the Packers surprisingly went to the newly signed Young. Young was just 1-of-3 passing the ball, but he did produce two first downs, one on his lone completion and another by scrambling for five yards. Not earth-shattering stats, to be sure, but not bad after trying to learn the Mike McCarthy offensive system for just a couple of days. B.J. Coleman then took over at quarterback and was only 2-of-7 for 15 yards. This was coming off an awful performance in the Family Night scrimmage. Bottom line, expect Rodgers to get the majority of his preseason action the third exhibition game versus the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field on August 23. Rodgers will play probably at least half the game. As for the rest of the preseason action, except a few series to be led by Rodgers, with Harrell, Coleman and Young all splitting time. Somebody has to show something.

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And Green continues to hear his name discussed in trade talks. For now, he’s just plowing ahead. “That’s all I can do,” Green said. “I’m just trying to take it day by day while I’m here. I’m trying not to look too far into the future.” Green rushed seven times for 16 yards. Green’s carries came strictly with the No. 2 and 3 offense, and he says he’d love to play with the starters before the preseason ends. “I’d like to,” Green said. “But whether it’s with the first O-line or the fourth O-line, I still have to do my job as a running back.

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“That one checked off. Second, you want to move the ball effectively. We did a good job of that. You want to score points; we didn’t get any points on that one drive. “Overall, as Mike said at the end of the game, the energy wasn’t there. You expect, especially with this team the young guys playing a little bit more, energy from some of the second and third groups. We didn’t have that tonight.” Whether that affected the play of the other three quarterbacks is up for debate, but the bottom line is none of them did much to change the landscape of the position behind Rodgers. Harrell proved to be the most composed of the three, but that isn’t saying a whole lot, especially when you consider Coleman and Young combined to complete 3 of 10 passes for 22 yards with a sack. Given first crack after Rodgers, Harrell threw an interception that appeared to be the result of a mix-up between him and receiver Jeremy Ross, was sacked twice and lost a fumble after taking a brutal hit from end John Abraham, the result of right tackle Marshall Newhouse whiffing on his block. Rodgers couldn’t get the ball into the end zone, but at least he moved the ball. Harrell’s longest drive was 45 yards and three of his other five traveled less than 15, including ones of 2 and 1 yard.

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Because of the NFL’s veteran salary benefit, Young is counting $555,000 against the Packers’ salary cap. In town Former NFL tight end Ernie Conwell gathered the players around him after practice Wednesday at Nitschke Field and delivered a 15-minute address in his role as a field representative for the NFL Players Association. “Ernie came in and gave us the details of what they’ve been discussing with the NFL,” said Mulligan. “It was a quick skim of what they’re doing.” Several players said part of the discussion involved testing for HGH. Conwell played for the New Orleans Saints in 2003-04 when McCarthy was their offensive coordinator. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson serves as the Packers’ player rep, and cornerback Tramon Williams is the alternate. “It was after practice and it was kind of hard to focus,” Daniels said. “Guys are tired. You see a lot of eyes rolling. He said something about testing guys, but I didn’t pay attention to it because I don’t take anything.” Bigger man Guard Josh Sitton didn’t participate in the pass-rush drill. He experiences knee soreness at times, and it’s a long camp.

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Back in July, The Score’s David Woods sent out this tweet. Wait… did Eddie Lacy EAT Johnathan Franklin? Look at the difference btwn these photos. Just an unflattering angle? David Woods (@davidpwoods) July 29, 2013 That led some fans to wonder if Lacy had come back overweight and whether this was going to be an issue for the player. However, after the Packers’ scrimmage on August 3, all of those worries were put to bed; Lacy looked great and every bit the player he was when he stampeded over Notre Dame in the national title game. It led the Wisconsin State Aaron Rodgers Nike Jersey Journal’s Tom Oates to point out the comedy of the situation. Kind of funny how #Packers ‘ rookie RB Eddie Lacy went from “fat” to “muscular” in one public scrimmage.

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Coleman . Its definitely a challenge; its not easy, McAdoo said. Its a lot easier to do it with a veteran than a rookie coming in at this point. He has some background. Hes played some football. Hes won some games in this league and has played well. Thatll help. 4. The return game. The Packers will continue to explore options so that they dont have to put Randall Cobb , one of their top receivers, at kick returner. With Cobb perhaps out Friday night because of a biceps injury, it means Jeremy Ross should get the first crack at the returns. Slocum has little doubt about Ross ability, but ball security continues to be a concern.

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Arizona was 1 for 4 on field goals, with Will Batson missing from 31 and 42 yards. Jay Feely also was short from 53 yards. “I was disappointed in the kicking game,” coach Bruce Arians said. “Obviously.” 4. TO THE LEFT, TO THE LEFT: David Bakhtiari never heard his name Friday — and that’s a good thing. The fourth-round pick started at left tackle as the Packers continue to try and cobble together an offensive line, and he played well. He didn’t commit any penalties and, after getting beat on an early play, routinely held his ground. “I didn’t get touched tonight,” Aaron Rodgers said. “It’s nice when you’re not worried about him, and tonight I wasn’t worried about him.